A MOBILE cinema, the Bažant Kinematograf, has now completed half of its tour of Slovakia. Experience so far has shown that the interest in watching movies under the sky is growing. More than 40,000 people came to watch the Czech and Slovak movies shown so far, more than 50 percent more than in previous years.
Only about 22 Slovak towns, mostly smaller ones, have a permanent summer cinema. Some of these are not visited regularly, as some show films just once a week, and are dependent on the weather. However, visitor numbers are quite good. In total, ‘summer’ – or open-air – cinemas have 27,675 seats, or about 30 percent of the total number of seats in Slovak cinemas. It is not profitable, though, to build and operate them because they can be used for just a few months each year. The future may therefore belong to alternatives, like the mobile Bažant Kinematograf cinema.
This year, the Bažant Kinematograf scheduled more than 120 screenings plus extra shows during film and music festivals. In 2009 the green buses have offered Slovak and Czech products, for instance Music/Muzika, by director Juraj Nvota; the tour’s most successful film so far, Tango with Mosquitoes, by Miloslav Luther; Heaven, Hell... Earth, by Laura Siváková; and Czech films by Jan Hřebejk and Tomáš Bařina. “The numbers of visitors are quite uniform; it seems that they come to enjoy the atmosphere rather than to see a specific film,” the coordinator of the project, Ľubica Orechovská, told the SITA newswire. One bus operates in western Slovakia and another in the east of the country and they will both finish their journeys at the Cinematik International Film Festival in Piešťany. Compiled by Spectator staff